Writing Soup for the Soul

Writing Soup for the Soul
4 Aug 2021 at 05:00 pm
1 Sep 2021 at 06:30 pm
Online
Online
£Pay-what-you-want

A series of creative writing workshops looking at nurturing the literary soul. Celebratory, inclusive, accessible, and with creativity at their heart.

We all know how important it is to keep our body nourished. But what about our creativity?

In this series of interactive, accessible online workshops, we will explore how to nourish our creativity in order to sustain a writing practice. We will focus on creating and sustaining the kind of writing practice that fits into our lives, is mindful of our individual needs, our energy levels, physical and mental health, and helps us to grow and develop as storytellers.

Accessibility Note

These workshops will be delivered digitally via Zoom, and require minimal equipment. A stable internet connection is recommended. They are open to writers across all disciplines and across all levels. A short comfort break will be included.  None of the workshops require strenuous physical movement. Captions will be provided by Otter.ai for the workshops, and by a StageText live captioner for the webinar. The Chat function will be available throughout, and all visual material will be audio-described. A TLC Team Member will be present at each session. Sessions will be recorded in order to provide the option to watch back for a time-limited period after the session has ended. This is only available to ticket-holders. All workshops are ‘pay what you want’ with a suggested contribution of £5 which will go directly towards workshop tutor fees. The funding webinar is free to attend.

August 4th 5-6.30pm Online

*SOLD OUT – Please email to be added to the waiting list for this event*

Anti Productivity Workshop [SOLD OUT], a workshop on writing as a practice of dailiness, in the context of a writing life that prioritises self-care and a culture of recuperation. We will use a series of creative prompts as a way to connect with daily creativity despite constraints (limited time, energy, anxiety, or pain). Captions and live transcript provided by Otter.ai. With Alec Finlay

What do I need to bring to this session?
Blank paper and pen or pencil
Ink and paintbrush (optional)

August 9th 5-6.30pm Online

*SOLD OUT – Please email to be added to the waiting list for this event*

Anti Productivity Workshop, a workshop on writing as a practice of dailiness, in the context of a writing life that prioritises self-care and a culture of recuperation. We will use a series of creative prompts as a way to connect with daily creativity despite constraints (limited time, energy, anxiety, or pain). Captions and live transcript provided by Otter.ai. With Alec Finlay

What do I need to bring to this session?
Blank paper and pen or pencil
Ink and paintbrush (optional)

August 11th 5-6.30pm Online

*SOLD OUT – Please email to be added to the waiting list for this event*

Self Love, a zine-making workshop to spark creativity and joy. By finding value in who we are, together we can find value in what we write next. Minimal equipment required, and the idea is to be playful, not perfect. You do not need any drawing skills to join. Captions and live transcript provided by Otter.ai. With Lucy Goodwill

What do I need to bring to this session?
Plain A4 paper, pen/pencils, scissors, notebook for writing exercises
Coloured pens/pencils, old magazines, glue (optional)


August 18th 5-6.30pm Online

Reading Rituals, connecting with beloved texts (all languages welcome) to inspire connection and creativity. In this workshop we will be read to, and read aloud together, to find new connections, and to find our truest storytelling voice. Captions and live transcript provided by Otter.ai. With Alex Wheatle

What do I need to bring to this session?
A short extract of beloved text in any language (one paragraph/half a page max; optional)


August 25th 5-6.30pm Online

Rip up the Page, a workshop on activism, performance, and ‘the extra stuff’ that enriches our writing. Come prepared to throw yourself into the unknown, and challenge your creativity. Captions and live transcript provided by Otter.ai. With Penny Pepper

What do I need to bring to this session?
Paper and pen or pencil


September 1st 5-6.30pm Online

Funding for writers, a webinar including Q&A on financial support available for writers, including who it’s for and how to apply. Featuring: Sarah Crown (Director of Literature, Arts Council England), Nicola Solomon (CEO, the Society of Authors), Eileen Gunn (Grants Director, the Royal Literary Fund), and Annette Brook (Communications Manager, Royal Society of Literature). Free to attend but registration is essential. To attend at no cost, simply enter ‘£0’ in the booking field, or you can make a small donation if you wish/are able to. All donations go directly towards our workshop tutor costs for this series. This webinar will include a live captioner via StageText.

Workshop Tutors

Alec Finlay is an artist and poet whose work crosses over a range of media and forms. Finlay has recently been awarded the 2020 Cholmondeley award for services to poetry. Much of Finlay’s work considers how we relate to landscape and ecology, including place-awareness, hutopianism, rewilding, and disability access. Recent work includes A Variety of Cultures, a permanent artwork installation at Jupiter Artland; and HUTOPIA for the Fondazione Prada exhibition ‘Machines á penser’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is currently artist in residence with Paths for All.

Lucy Goodwill is a writer, artist and educator based in London. A qualified teacher and seasoned creative facilitator, she now works in the charity sector supporting young people to share their stories, whilst creating zines, essays and fiction inspired by her own experiences in her spare time. Lucy’s work focuses on subjects such as disability, creativity and mental health and has been featured by publications such as 404 Ink, Dear Damsels and Drawn Poorly. She finds joy and meaning in her own creative practice and is passionate about sharing the benefits of creativity for wellbeing with others through her teaching.

Penny Pepper is an acclaimed wheelchair-using author, poet, performer & disabled activist. A genre-defying and versatile writer, her work focuses on the examination of difference, inequality and identity. She tells stories we haven’t heard, making others see life differently, always with humour and wisdom. Her champions include Jake Arnott, Margaret Drabble and Danuta Keene. Most recently she has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious international Hemingway Shorts 2021 Competition and her winning story will be published in their competition anthology. Penny published her groundbreaking memoir, First in The World Somewhere with Unbound and a poetry collection, Come Home Alive, with Burning Eye Books. She is now signed to The Good Literary Agency where she is represented by Abi Fellows. She has also been widely published including in Mslexia, The Guardian, and Byline Times.

Alex Wheatle is the author of several novels, some of them set in Brixton, where he grew up. Born in London of Jamaican parents, his first book, Brixton Rock (1999), tells the story of a 16-year old boy of mixed race, in 1980s Brixton. He has been variously shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, and in 2016 won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Alex works with Booktrust and the Children’s Discovery Centre to promote reading, and frequently teaches workshops including in schools and in prisons. In 2013 Alex wrote and performed his own one-man autobiographical show for Tara Arts, Uprising, and took the performance on tour across the UK. He has appeared at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, Hay Festival, Bristol Festival of Ideas, Edinburgh Book Festival amongst others. He is Creative Writing Lecturer in Children & Young Adults fiction at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2020, an episode of the acclaimed 6-part BBC series Small Axe was aired that was based on his early life. Alex was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008. He lives in London.